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Dung Beetle Benefits in the Pasture Ecosystem



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By Michelle Thomas

Published: 2001

Updated: 2001

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Introduction

Dung beetles play a small but remarkable role in the pasture ecosystem. They feed on manure, use it to provide housing and food for their young, and improve nutrient cycling, soil structure, and forage growth in the meantime. This publication describes dung beetles and their benefits to pastures, and offers management information. It also offers information about building a dung beetle farm.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Appearance and Behavior
Importing New Species
Benefits to the Pasture System
Management
References
Other Sources of Information

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